Lay it Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel
Author: Bill Tell
Paperback: 224 Pages
Publisher: NavPress (August 1, 2015)
There’s Good News for the Weary
Call it burnout, a spiritual breakdown, or a personal crisis, the toll of Bill Tell’s decades of successful ministry finally caught up with him. Incapacitated and depressed, he found that the road to recovery began at the cross. To his delight, healing opened new freedoms as he embraced the gospel in new ways.
Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel is a bold declaration of the overwhelming grace of God. More than merely saving us in our sin, by grace God delivers us from it, making us new creations and treating us accordingly―no matter what. For a generation of Christians who have learned a gospel of performance and striving, Lay It Down offers the good news of the grace that is already ours in Christ.
Meet the Author:
I am a National Staff Development Specialist with The Navigators. This means I specifically focus on developing our young leaders. In my forty three years on staff with The Navigators, this is the best job I have had since starting out as a new staff and leading The Nav collegiate ministry at the University of Illinois at Urbana from 1972 – 1981. I love it!!
From 1982 – 1988 I served as the Navigator State Director for IL and was involved in the student ministry at Bradley University. In 1988 we moved the family to Sacramento, CA where I directed the Nav ministry in California and the Pacific Northwest. I assumed the role of Associate U.S. Collegiate Director in 1991, then joined that National Leadership Team in 1998 serving as the U.S. Student Ministry Director.
I then served as a Vice President of The Navigators for 13 years before sensing God’s call back to direct field ministry and helping people live in the reality of gospel freedom. Sue and I have been married for 43 years. We first met as students at Hope College in Holland, MI. Sue was an elementary education major and I was a chemistry major. After graduation Sue taught school for a couple of years and I attended seminary. Sue and I co-authored Well-Versed Kids. We have two grown sons, two awesome daughter-in-laws and five fantastic grandchildren. A golden retriever is also a part of the mix. It was while I was serving as Vice President that I took a years sick leave to deal with severe burn-out and a deep and dark time of depression.
I tell the story of this time in my book “Lay it Down -Living in the Freedom of the Gospel.” It was during these days that I began to take new footsteps through the gospel and discovered a new gospel-freedom I never knew could be mine. I had been trapped in people pleasing and held captive by my shame. Discovering and experiencing this incredible good news of the gospel proved to be a major turning point in both my life and ministry and it is this good news that shapes this book.
I do not recommend you even considering laying down this book despite it’s title. Bill Tell not only uses research and scripture, but he also uses his own experiences as he take us through his book Lay it Down. He takes us on a journey through his life and spiritual life, giving us the insight into how his misunderstanding of God’s grace developed and how it led to his crisis of faith.
Bill Tell splits this book into three sections:
- God views me differently
- God makes me different
- God relates to me differently
These three sections are so important for us to live by in our faith and within our churches today. This book focuses on the freedom that God’s grace and love gives to us. Bill Tell’s writing style is very easy to read, understand and of course it flows well. I recommend you giving this book a go because you may just discover treasure within.
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